Language Lesson

Uki Uki mini 3

Q1 from Zaidan: How to end a phone call in Japanese?

You answer the phone with (Moshi moshi)
You end the call mostly in the same way as saying goodbye in person.

Polite speech: (Dewa, mata), (Shisurei shimasu), (Hai, doumo)
Respectful speech: (Dewa, shitsurei itashimasu)
Casual speech: (Jaane)

Q2 from Supriya Gaikar: How is betsuni used?

Usually paired up with a negative ending, this means “not in particular.”
In a certain tone, it can come off a little cold. Here’s an example.

(Konban no yuushoku, nani ga tabetai?)
What do you want to eat for dinner tonight?

A teenage daughter or son may say: (betsu ni)
Whatever. / I don’t care.

Similarly, tokuni (+ negative ending) means “not…in particular.”
Q: (Shitsumon wa arimasuka?) Any questions?
A: (Toku ni arimasen.) Not in particular.

Q3 from AL M: Why is “wa” written with wa?

The “wa” written in Hiragana wa is a topic particle.
Regular “wa” is written as wa, as in watashi.
(Watashi wa gakusei desu.) I’m a student.

Q4 from Laura Hosoi: How to say “or”?

The easiest way to say “or” is the particle ka.
(Aisu kuri-mu wa banira ka choko ka, docchi ga ii?)
Which ice cream do you want, vanilla or chocolate?

(Karaoke, raishuu no doyoubi ka nichiyoubi ni ikanai?)
Why don’t we go to Karaoke next Saturday or Sunday?

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